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David Nguyen

Friday, March 08, 2024

David Nguyen, a Carl Albert State college instructor, recently received the Outstanding Instructor award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.

Nguyen was one of 15 Oklahomans honored, along with three businesses and organizations, at the 30th annual Making It Work Day at the Capitol on March 6.

Making It Work Day recognizes individuals who are committed to removing barriers to success for single-parent families by providing educational experiences for students beyond the classroom. The ceremony, which was held at The Credit Union House of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, also recognized nontraditional students.

Nguyen is a mathematics instructor and math specialist at CASC, teaching introduction to college math and helping each student where they are academically, said Dylana Marcaurelle, Power 1 program specialist at CASC, who nominated Nguyen for the award.

Nguyen and the full-time tutor in his class have implemented a flipped classroom approach so students can get immediate assistance while completing daily assignments, Marcaurelle said, adding that they also both tutor students outside the classroom and “always go above and beyond to help every student, regardless of the obstacles.”

“Mr. Nguyen not only helps instructs his students in mathematics, but in life,” Marcaurelle said. “He helps build their confidence so that they can achieve ay goal or accomplish anything that they set out to do, which includes future employment or attaining their degree.”

OkCTEEC is affiliated with the administrative division of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. The council advocates for students pursuing nontraditional careers and for resources for educating single parents.

“Making It Work Day is one of my favorite award ceremonies, as it allows for those graduates, community partners and instructors who have excelled to be recognized for their hard work,” said KayTee Niquette, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families coordinator at Oklahoma CareerTech. “It is an event that is traditionally held at Oklahoma’s state Capitol, but regardless of location, our awardees are allowed to shine.

“Listening to the stories of many who accept their awards is nothing but inspirational, and OkCTEEC is very excited to host this event once again, so that special projects programs with both the Oklahoma Department of Career and Education Technology and Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education might be highlighted.”

She serves as an adviser for OkCTEEC, along with Jennifer Bielli of Oklahoma Human Services and Gina McPherson of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

“On behalf of OkCTEEC we are very excited to celebrate another year of Making It Work Day,” said Robin Shambaugh, OkCTEEC president and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Journey 2 Success Delaware County coordinator. “It is our privilege to honor and recognize our outstanding graduates, instructors and business and industry partners along with our community and agency partners across the state of Oklahoma. We would like to congratulate our students and partners for their determination, hard work and dedication this year.”

OkCTEEC’s purposes include promoting and supporting career and technology education, increasing its effectiveness, promoting research in the field and in educational equity, developing leadership and advocating for equity and diversity.

For more information about OkCTEEC, visit For more information about the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, visit

Last Modified on Mar 08, 2024
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